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Once Upon A Time – May 9 – 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson Proclaims Mother’s Day

1386 Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (oldest diplomatic alliance in the world still in force)

1848 Andrew Murray is ordained on his 20th birthday. He will become a notable educator of Christians in South Africa and the author of beloved books on Christian living such as The True Vine and Abide in Me.

1865 President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring armed resistance in the South is virtually at an end; this is the commonly accepted end date of the American Civil War

1901 The First Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May

1941 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen

1945 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day

2018 Historic win in Malaysian general election by opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan led by 92-year-old former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, defeating Prime Minister Najib Razak and ending 61 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional coalition

Historical Events Today

Today In Film & TV

1958 “Vertigo”, American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

Today In Music

1962 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone

Today In Sport

2001 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanaian football fans die in a stampede caused by the firing of teargas by police following a decision by the referee in a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko

More Facts

1914 US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day

2012 Mark Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow” becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars